Mercedes-Benz just took the wraps off its all-new GLE a.k.a. the redesigned M-Class, which promises to set new benchmark with regard to emissions and drive system possible. Regarding the design, the front end of the vehicle is not new as we’ve seen the lines on the GLE Coupe.
As you can see from the photos, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE shows redesigned headlights inspired by vehicles such as the S- and C-Class models, a stylish front grille and new bumpers. Moreover, we find redesigned taillights, inspired by those found on the current version.
Meanwhile, the interior shows a larger media display which is now partially integrated into the instrument panel, centre air vents next to the display as well as outer air vents framed by silver shadow surrounds. The most interesting thing is the addition of the GLE 500 e 4Matic, Mercedes-Benz’ first plug-in hybrid SUV.
This new model is powered by a BlueDirect V6 direct-injection petrol engine delivering 333 hp (245 kW) as well as a hybrid module with 116 hp (85 kW) of electric power. The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 442 hp (325 kW) and a massive 650 Nm of torque.
The compact hybrid module is integrated into the seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission and the electrical energy is stored in a lithium-ion battery with an energy content of 8.8 kWh.
The battery can be recharged using public charging stations, the wallbox charger at home or an conventional 220 volt power outlet. According to Mercedes-Benz, using the wallbox charger or the charging station, the charging time is around 2 hours.
The GLE 500 e 4Matic will offer a fuel consumption of 3.3 l/100 km, with CO2 emissions of 78 g/km. Using just the energy taken from the lithium-ion battery, the SUV offers a all-electric range of 30 km. Moreover, the new GLE-Class offers the GLE 500 4Matic, powered by a direct-injection twin-turbo V8 petrol engine that generates 435 hp (320 kW) and 700 Nm of torque.
The GLE 400 4Maatic is powered by a direct-injection twin-turbo V6 engine generating 333 hp (245 kW) and 480 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption of this model is 8.8 l/100 km or 209 g CO2/km. Diesel fans will be happy to know that the GLE 250 d is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine producing 204 hp (150 kW).
If you want more, the GLE 350 d 4Matic comes with the proven V6 diesel engine producing 258 hp (190 kW). What’s more interesting is that all diesel models will be equipped with the nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission as standard.
Fans of AMG models will definitely need to know about the new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 and GLE 63 S.
These models use a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol engine which is even more powerful than before. The GLE 63 4Matic comes with 557 hp (410 kW) and 700 Nm of torque. As a result, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds, while top speed is 250 km/h or 155 mph.
Moreover, the GLE 63 S comes with 585 hp (430 kW) and 760 Nm of torque. This model needs 4.2 seconds to hit 100 km/h (62 mph), while top speed is 250 km/h or 155 mph. Both models can offer a top speed of 280 km/h (173 mph) only in conjunction with the AMG Driver’s package. [source: Mercedes-Benz]